In the midst of rumours that Rooney is exiting Old Trafford one former player thinks he’d be stupid to go.
Despite putting in a transfer request at Manchester United, Wayne Rooney has been told by former player Gary Neville that he should stay at Old Trafford as he’ll only want to return if he leaves.
Speculation over Rooney’s future continues to rumble on, as the England international was left out of Sir Alex Ferguson’s last home match in charge of the club against Swansea on Sunday.
Yet Neville thinks that the 27-year-old should stay, because during his time at the club when players left for new ventures they always pined to come back to Manchester.
“I have seen players join Real Madrid and other great clubs in Europe,” the eight-time Premier League winner told Sky Sports.
“But they always want to come back.
“Wayne needs to surround himself with his family and his players. The ones who have been here for a long time will bring him around.
“He needs to have the summer off and hopefully get his head back to being a Manchester United player.”
Whether Neville’s words resonate with his former teammate remains to be seen, as for the second time in as many years the England striker has expressed his desire to leave Old Trafford.
Last time Rooney was satisfied after being given an increased contract, but that is unlikely to be the case this season as Robin Van Persie has become arguably the No.1 striker at the club and new manager David Moyes has a somewhat fractious relationship with the forward.